Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mini Blooms Thank You - Ribbon Detail Tutorial

Watermelon and eucalyptus ink and the mini blooms stamp set. Isn't that a great combo?! The corner chomper adds great detail as well. A large flax paper flower was pressed into the watermelon ink to get the coverage and a silver sequin finishes off the look. :)
Here's the inside. I carried the leaves and flowers in to finish off the card.
But the real story on this card is the ribbon detail. I love how this came out. I was experimenting with tying a ribbon across the front of the card but didn't want the same ribbon look that I've done before. So, I punched a couple of holes and tied the ribbon but it wasn't quite the look that I'd hoped for so now what to, what to do because there are a few holes in the front of the card. lol!

I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Birthdays and pondered. Then, it hit me. I pulled out my handy x-acto retractable knife and cut a slit in the fold of the card. The slit is just about the same width of the ribbon and is on the fold at the same height as the punched holes so the card can have the same ribbon detail on both sides of the card even with a fold. 

To make the ribbon detail, cut about 13" of ribbon, start from the back and pull it evenly through the two holes. Wrap the ends around the side of the card going away from the center. Go through the slit on one side going front to back and wrap it around the right side. Bring the ribbon back through the same hole it started in from back to front and tie it around itself and trim the end. Does that make sense?

To clarify, take the piece of ribbon that came up through the left hole and thread it from front to back through the slit on the left side of the card at the fold. Turn the card over and take that ribbon from the back to the front through the same hole you started with - the left hole. Turn the card back to the front. Take the piece of ribbon and tie it around and trim. See how it looks above.

See below for how it looks on the back.
What do you think? It gives a subtle touch to the inside of the card and since it's one layer across on top and bottom, it doesn't make for a bulky mailing.

Stamps: Mini Blooms
Cardstock: Eucalyptus and Sugar
Ink: Eucalyptus and Watermelon
Tools: Corner Chomper, X-acto craft knife and crop-a-dile
Other: flax flowers, silver sequins, mini glue dots and silver 1/4" ribbon

These items and so much more can be found in My Webstore!

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pretty Peonies - Same Colors, Two Variations

Pretty Peonies 2 is one of the new sets this year and it's so pretty because it's the buds of the peonies before they've bloomed. I love peonies and always think of time spent at home and at the cemeteries in the spring. We always went to the cemeteries on Memorial Day and would put home-grown flowers at all the graves. We'd take the peonies, iris, daisies, sweetheart roses and whatever else was blooming to put in the buckets and jars and cans sitting around. As I got older, I'd go cut flowers and put together the arrangements. We were always at the cemeteries before and after Memorial Day as Grammie put out Rebekah flags at Couch cemetery and Mom and Dad had flags to put out at the Randall cemetery. I loved helping and it was always a special time to hear stories of family from Mom and Grammie and spend time with Dad following the hand-written map to put the flags on the veteran's graves. Great memories.

So, here are two variations of the same card. The first I used in my class this month. I decided to leave it sentiment free so it could be used for a birthday, sympathy, get well, thinking of you or just as a pretty notecard.

This card is on vanilla cardstock with a layer of bermuda in-between. The peonies are stamped with amethyst and heather and the leaves are in bermuda. The 3/8" vanilla twill is also stamped with leaves using  the bermuda ink. I love that the vanilla twill takes ink so beautifully, don't you?

As you can see below, more peony groups are stamped inside. Isn't that pretty?

The second variation uses the same inks and cardstock. The corners have been rounded on opposite corners and after the card was assembled, it was sprayed with stardust finishing spray. It's a pretty and subtle touch that enhances the card, don't you think?
The inside of the card has the peony groups without the leaves and a sympathy sentiment from another stamp company.
If you'd like to make your own Pretty Peonies 2 card, you can pick up the products in my webstore.

Pretty Peonies Notecard
Stamps:            Pretty Peonies 2, p. 41, $13.99      
Cardstock:       Vanilla (40), p. 116, $7.50
                        Bermuda, (20), p. 113, $7.50
Ink:                  Amethyst, p. 112, $5.95
                        Heather, p. 114, $5.95
                        Bermuda, p. 113, $5.95
Other:               Vanilla twill 3/8”, p. 124, $5.95 (10 yds)
                         3D Foam (442 pieces), p. 136, $3.95
Have a wonderfully creative day!! 

Friday, September 12, 2014


This is a quick and simple Halloween card that isn't too scary! :)

I put together a paper pack for September with Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime, Mermaid and Slate and used it for this card. Slate ink is used for the a|s background stamp, Halloween Newspaper Background.
A tip is to push the three layer pieces together and stamp. Then, put them on the card, spacing them each out a little. One stamping instead of three and the image flows together. :)

The tall alphabet die cuts of BOO and the bat trio die cuts are then added to the card using the quickie glue pen. A little slate baker's cording finishes off the look. Isn't that a great color combo?

Here's the inside  -
Stamp part of the background stamp on the inside to finish off the card.

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hipster Icons - What's Up?

What's Up?! What could be more fun than a deer with googly eyes? This little gem from Hipster Icons is paired up with the What's up stamp set. Amethyst ink for the deer and heather for the glasses. Mermaid and silver round out the card. It's a quick one and one I'll do again with a little bit darker ink.

Sometimes you just need a fun card - don't you agree?

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Muse Studio Bow Die Tutorial

A Muse Studio has three wonderful bow dies that are each one piece and are super easy to assemble. The trickiest one is the mini bow die just because my fingers are bigger and the notches are smaller but still, easy to assemble. :) The instructions are the same for each of the bow dies.

1. Cut the bow
2. There are notches on each of the tails.
3. With the pattern facing you, fold the wings back and slide the notched pieces into each other. Basically, make a fish! :)
4. Hold the "fish" and with your thumb on the front piece and a finger from your other hand behind the notched piece (fish tail) and push them towards each other so you have the bow shape. (Boy, do I need a manicure!)
5. Fold the center piece around the center and glue dot the flap after the last fold. And, there you have it - a sweet little bow and all you need is one die cut and one glue dot!
Have fun making bows!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking: A Baby Girl Album

Pocket Scrapbooking? Snap Cards? What are you talking about??? Great questions that have been asked of me and I'll try to clear up the mystery!

Snap cards are a great way to add journaling and embellishments to your traditional and pocket scrapbooking pages. This post features a pocket scrapbooking baby girl album using the 4X6, 3X4 baby girl snap cards as well as the coordinating sticker pack. It was so fun and makes scrapbooking go a lot faster as you just have to slide things in the pockets.
These are the 3X4 cards. The photo shows each of the cards included in the pack and the shadow of each is what the back of the card looks like. The beauty is that these are ready to go and can just be slid into the photo album pockets, add some photos and your scrapbook is done. If you want more dimension, you can add stamping and glitter and buttons and twine and other embellishments and can keep adding until it fits your style.

Here are a few pages from a recent baby shower gift. 
I started with the 6X8 leather album because it is for a baby girl, after all. :) The quality of the album is excellent and it's a great size for scrapbooking your treasured memories, especially for specific events. This album covers the first year for the baby. :)
There are 6X8 pages so I created a cover page with some stamping and added a 4X6 snap card, buttons and baker's cording. When the baby arrives, all they'll have to do is add photos to finish off the book.
Since the a muse studio cardstock is one-sided (perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking!), I had the opportunity to add some stamping to the back to make a unique and special background paper for photos.
There are a variety of page styles from 2 - 3X4 and 1 - 4X6 pocket or 4 - 3X4 pockets or 2 - 4X6 pockets or 2X2 pockets and more. These are all from Simple Stories and we're thrilled to be carrying their products!
There are snap cards for each month in the first year where you can write the weight, height, highlights, etc. I love that they make it so easy to document the special moments. :) 
Glitter, buttons, stickers, snap cards and cardstock. Easy touches to add so much to the finished album.
And, the cards themselves are so cute and have so many wonderful patterns and sentiments.
Die-cuts and stickers added and yet plenty of room left for baby pics!
And, for those pages that don't have specific snap cards, I cut up some of the Everything's Rosy paper pack and filled in the pockets. They can remove those when they add photos or can use them as background paper for the photos.

The beauty is that each of these albums can be personalized to your style and the pockets can be all photos without any snap cards and papers. Or, they can be all cardstock and paper or they can be a great mixture of both. You can get pages that you just slide in the cards and add photos. Or, you can get pages that are made for your Instagram photos. You can fill the pockets with custom mini pages that you create with your stamps and stickers and embellishments.

I hope you pick up some of our albums, snap cards and stickers and start playing! We've got cards for every day, travel, wedding, birthday and more! Fun stuff!!

And, if you're a 12X12 scrapbooker, our pages fit on the rings in your album. So, you can add smaller pages mixed into your album to add extra photos or to create visual interest! 

Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

You Are Far Too Smart... Magnetic Bookmark

Have you made any magnetic bookmarks? They're super easy to do and can be made with so many different stamp sets. This one features a sentiment from Geek is the New Chic and Hipster Icons for the glasses. Geek is the New Chic has glasses with it but I liked the smaller glasses from Hipster for this particular project.
This is the inside of the bookmark. There are two pieces of flat magnet on both sides so that when it's closed across a page, it holds the bookmark in place.

Bookmark Dimensions: 5-1/2" X 2-3/4". Score at 2-3/4" for a square bookmark.

Easy Peasy and fun! Have a wonderfully creative day!!

Geek Is The New Chic Magnetic Bookmark
Stamps:            Geek is the New Chic, p. 37, $19.99
                        Hipster Icons, p. 37, $21.99
Cardstock:       Grapefruit (20), p. 115, $7.50
                        Grapefruit Petite Polka Dot(20), p. 118, $9.95
Ink:                   Berry, p. 115, $5.95
                        Memento Tuxedo Black, p. 116, $5.45
Other:               Thin Adhesive-backed Magnet